The Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2023 Presidential Election, Peter Obi, has criticized the ongoing demolitions in Lagos State, highlighting how such will make life more difficult for citizens.
Obi said this in a post on his official X Account on Thursday.
According to him, a ‘responsive’ government, given the current economic conditions in the country, should formulate measures to alleviate hardships and lift people out of poverty, rather than destroying what little they have.
Obi, characterizing the time as critical for Nigerians, argued that the State Government should have considered the poor, who are disproportionately affected by the economy.
Even if there are violations in the building plans, as claimed by the government, he emphasized that the consequences fall on the poor, struggling to make ends meet with their limited resources.
Describing some of the demolished properties as lifetime savings and retirement abodes for the elderly and incapacitated in the country, Obi pointed out that the poor, investing their meagre resources, are experiencing severe financial stress that should not be exacerbated.
He appealed to the respective governments involved in the demolitions to consider the prevailing hardship in the country and approach their actions with compassion for the poor.
News About Nigeria reported the recent demolitions by the Lagos State government took place in Ikota, Lekki, Alaba, Ajao Estate, Abule Ado, Ladipo Market, and other areas,
The State government recently refuted claims that a particular ethnic group is being targeted in the ongoing demolition.
It said the illegal structures being demolished didn’t get approval from the state government or any of its agencies.